KZN South Coast: A leading conference destination

One of the country’s most scenic coastal venues is fast becoming an established destination for conferences ranging from small to medium scale.

One of the country’s most scenic coastal venues is fast becoming an established destination for conferences ranging from small to medium scale. Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), the organisation tasked with growing regional tourism, has identified the space as particularly attractive to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) activities, offering high-level venues and accommodation alongside expansive recreational offerings.

“Ugu South Coast Tourism is using local and international marketing initiatives to elevate the profile of this region for key conferencing and business events,” explained CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, Phelisa Mangcu. “The KZN South Coast boasts a quality variety of well-resourced venues providing international-level service to ensure really productive engagement.”

Ideal for intimate and medium-scale conferences and events, the KZN South Coast has venues with the capacity to accommodate up to 300 delegates in cinema-style seating, and up to 400 for a banquet setting.

Outside of the quality venues and accommodation, the region provides delegates with an inspired number of recreational activities, perfect for relaxed networking, team building or just relaxation. With 11 top golfing sites, the ‘Golf Coast’ has something for every handicap. The area also boasts 58 beaches, including the highest number of Blue Flag Beaches in Africa; hinterland excursions; extreme sports activities; as well as quality dining experiences.

Make sure you visit #kznsouthcoast to participate in any of these great events. For more information, visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za; the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page or follow @infosouthcoast on Twitter using the #travelsouthcoast #tourismsouthcoast or #kznsouthcoast handles.

About Ugu South Coast Tourism

Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversees USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu. For more information visit www.tourismsouthcoast.co.za

About KZN South Coast

Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom’, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions.

Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts 7 permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, the highest number in Africa, and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title for ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to a number of high-profile events including The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.

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